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Old 04-12-2010, 10:51 PM   #21
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Default Re: Car stalls while idling once it's warm, help!

Originally Posted by joshjames023 View Post
My other problem with the car is one that it's had for as long as I know of, where it sometimes won't start and if it fails to start it takes about 10 minutes of sitting until it will start properly. Every time before I start the car I wait until the pump runs and the fuel gauge rises to decrease the chance of a failure. Mostly it fails when it hasn't been sitting off for at least10 minutes, like if I shut it off, run into Circle K for a drink, then come back out and try to start it. When it won't start it tries to turn over as long as I hold the key, but never catches, and trying to give a little gas doesn't coax it at all. If the car didn't do this the stalling wouldn't be as much of a problem, but I've been stuck in rush hour traffic around the mall before and it's not fun.

You did say you replaced the ECTS with a brass one, right? This is just how mine acted until I replaced the ECTS. Did you also check the connector for corrosion or clean it?

A malfunctioning ECTS causes the computer to "think" the car is cold when it's actually warm -- causing it to flood the car when you try to start it. After the car is REALLY cold, it'll start with no problem. Or, at least, that was my problem.

When I first replaced the ECTS I got another resin one -- it was all they had in stock. It was less than a month before I had to replace it again!
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